Patriot first baseman garners All-Conference softball honors

Patriot first baseman garners All-Conference softball honors

Francis Marion University junior first baseman Jessica Harney was recognized with second-team All-Conference honors at the annual Peach Belt Conference softball awards banquet, held Thursday night (May 3) in Dahlonega, Ga.

Harney, who hails from Hopewell Junction, N.Y., batted .356 this past season and set team single-season records for home runs (13) and runs batted in (53).  She also led the Patriots in slugging percentage (.742) and OPS (1.224).

She scored 43 runs in 44 contests and registered 10 doubles, one triple, and a .482 on-base percentage.  She recorded 11 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI games and safely reached base in 39 of 44 games during the 2018 season.  In the field, she committed only five errors and recorded a .987 fielding percentage.

Among her Peach Belt Conference brethren, Harney ranked second in home runs and RBIs, second in fielding putouts, second in double plays turned, third in slugging percentage, fifth in on-base percentage, sixth in total bases, seventh in runs scored, 10th in walks, 11th in hit-by-pitches, and 17th in batting average and doubles. 

The Patriots finished the season with a 19-25 mark.

Harney is a product of John Jay High School. She transferred to FMU from the State College of Florida.

      Jessica Harney